A piano group from Pinner is helping uplift spirits and encourage creativity in lockdown through online classes and virtual performances.
Pianobeats, founded by Marek Koczen, is usually based at Pinner Parish Church Hall and has adapted to an online teaching setup in response to the pandemic.
Marek, who has lived in Pinner with his family for over 10 years, said: “We have really seen the beauty of technology during the lockdowns. Many of the children have performed pieces learnt virtually for family and friends, to help spread joy through music during these difficult times.
“One of the children did a whole concert for their grandmother who lives alone in a flat. It was like having a ray of sunshine through sharing music.”
Pianobeats hope to offer accessible adult classes by Spring, as Marek believes piano has a positive impact on mental health and sense of belonging.
He said: “My idea is to create a musical community in Pinner where the children come, the parents get to know each other and really enjoy all aspects of music. Learning in a group creates a shared sense of passion and community.
“We should really look out for each other, think about ourselves as individuals but also know we are part of something bigger. Music is the most incredible tool for bringing people together. The main thing is to have fun and not to take it too seriously.”
To find out more about Pianobeats visit pianobeats.co.uk